Does voting matter? Do you urge everyone around you to vote? What kinds of power do we gain or lose by participating in elections? What else can we do? Weâll hear from folks who believe in representative democracy, those who propose reforms, and those who reject it outright. Michael Med-o Whitson, Natasha Marsh (Calif League of Young Voters), James Rucker (colorofchange.org). Recorded Oct. 10, 2007 at CounterPULSE, part of the Shaping SF Talks series. Topics: voting, elections, representative democracy, direct democracy, reforms
Members of Bay Area worker cooperatives will share their thoughts on the history and practice of democratic organization, decision making, equitable employment, and the effects that these organizations have had on the local economy (Rainbow, Inkworks, Box Dog Bikes, Design Action, NoBAWC). Topics: Cooperatives, collectives, self-management, self-employment, democracy, economic democracy
With Mayor Newsom trying to give away the cityâs wi-fi space to a corporate consortium, efforts by Bechtel and other private contractors to take over our public water system, the ongoing scandal of PG&E selling us our own âpublicâ power and their current efforts to take over alternative power, incessant pressure to privatize the public schools, a national culture that blindly accepts corporate interests as preferable to public interests, weâll talk about how the San Francisco Bay Area... Topics: Corporate personhood, democracy, economics, community control, public interest, Green Party
Will Grant researches successes in global movements on climate change and environmental solutions. His work is creating understandable paths to an economy that is sustainable and even environmentally regenerative. Meanwhile, Tom Athanasiou directs EcoEquity.org, a small but vital contributor to the global negotiations over climate change. Enthusiastic hope and acerbic realism meet head-to-head in this panorama of environmentalist politics and practice. Topics: Climate Change, Paris, Resilience, Renewal, Redistribution, Drawdown, permaculture, restoration,...